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This page includes correspondence from Vanderbilt and associations to which Vanderbilt belongs. 

2016

  • Letter from Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research at Vanderbilt University, to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.,  expressing support for his efforts to reauthorize the E-COMPETES legislation. (July 19, 2016)
  • Letter from Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos offering support for Rep. Daniel Lipinski's, D-Ill., efforts to reduce administrative burdens on researchers and university administrators. (July 19, 2016)
  • Statement from the Coalition for National Science Funding expressing appreciation for the introduction of S. 3084, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act. (July 6, 2016)
  • Letter from the research community opposing provisions in the FY 17 National Defense Authorization Act that would restrict funding for Department of Defense medical research. (June 1, 2016)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Security Research to House appropriators expressing concerns about the proposed reduction in funding for Defense basic research in FY 17. (May 23, 2016)
  • Letter from the research community expressing opposition to a provision in the Commercializing on Small Business Innovation Act of 2016 (HR 4783) to increase the SBIR set-aside. (May 10, 2016)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding requesting more funding for the National Science Foundation in FY17. (March 21, 2016)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to the Tennessee delegation outlining the university's programmatic priorities for FY17. (Feb. 29, 2015)
  • Letter from the leaders of institutions in the Southeastern Conference thanking Congress for their strong support of federal investments in research and education. (Feb. 11, 2016)
  • Letter from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research thanking members of Congress for supporting the FY16 omnibus spending package and including investment for medical research conducted and supported by the National Institutes of Health. (Feb. 11, 2016)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Security Research urging Congress to provide additional funding for  Defense S&T program and basic research. (February 2016)
  • Letter from the Energy Sciences Coalition urging Congress to provide funding for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. (Feb. 24, 2016)

2015

  • Letter from the Friends of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) expressing concern about the future of AHRQ given the proposed termination by the House Appropriations Committee and the proposed 35 percent cut to the agency's base budget by the Senate Appropriations Committee for FY 16. (Oct. 22, 2015)
  • Letter from the research community opposing the significant funding decrease proposed for the Institute of Education Sciences proposed by the House Appropriations Committee for FY 16. (Sept. 10, 2015)
  • Letter from the Association of American Cancer Institutes, in support of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act. (June 19, 2015)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to the Tennessee delegation outlining the university's programmatic priorities for FY16. (March 10, 2015)
  • Letter from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research advocating for an increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health in FY16. (March 3, 2015)

2014


  • Letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding congratulating Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, on his appointment as chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. (Dec. 2, 2014)
  • Letter from the Energy Sciences Coalition urging support for funding  the Department of Energy's Office of Science. (Nov. 25, 2014)
  • Letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., requesting prompt action to confirm Franklin M. (Lynn) Orr, Jr. and Marc Kastner who were nominated to serve as Under Secretary for Science and Energy and Director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy. (Nov. 25, 2014)
  • Letter from the Energy Sciences Coalition urging support for critical scientific research supported by the Department of Energy's Office of Science and the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy . (Nov. 25, 2014)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Security Research urging Congress to pass an FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill that includes strong investments in the U.S. Department of Defense Science and Technology accounts. (Nov. 20, 2014)
  • Letter from the Student Aid Alliance urging support for student aid programs in the FY15 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. (Nov. 17, 2014)
  • Letter from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research urging Congress to pass final omnibus spending legislation before the end of the calendar year to restore funding for the National Institutes of Health to pre-sequestration levels. (Nov. 12, 2014)
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Science Funding requesting more funding for the National Science Foundation in the FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill. (Nov. 12, 2014)
  • Letter urging strong support to make cancer research and biomedical science a national priority by providing funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute in FY 2015. (May 29, 2014)
  • Letter urging support for university-­based research and education. (April 28, 2014)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., outlining the university's programmatic priorities for FY15. (March 19, 2014)
  • Letter from Coalition for National Science Funding expressing concerns with H.R. 4186, the Frontiers in Research, Science, Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014. (March 12, 2014 )
  • Letter from the Coalition for National Security Research expressing concerns about the potential relocation of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research from its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. (Jan. 29, 2014)

2013

  • Letter from United for Medical Research urging support for eliminating sequestration and supporting medical research at the National Institutes of Health. (Nov. 14, 2013)
  • Letter urging support for continuing funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy. (June 26, 2013)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., outlining the university's programmatic priorities for FY14. (April 1, 2013)
  • Letter from Ad Hoc Group-led community to all Members of Congress expressing concern about the impact of continued cuts  to National Institutes of Health. (Feb. 11, 2013)   

2012

  • Letter from a group of 116 scientific and higher education associations and universities including Vanderbilt University, to President Obama and House and Senate leaders urging them to "work together to achieve a bipartisan compromise that avoids the fiscal cliff and moves the country on to sound fiscal footing without sacrificing our nation's crucial investments in science and technology." (Dec. 7, 2012)
  • Cliff' looming for biomedical research
    By Jeff Balser | Tennessean | Dec. 2, 2012     
  • Irresponsible cuts to research will curtail innovation
    By Nicholas S. Zeppos and Joe DiPietro | Nov. 28, 2012
  • Letter from the research community including Vanderbilt, expressing concerns with several provisions related to   the National Institutes of Health in the FY 2013 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill passed by the House   Labor-HHS Subcommittee. (Oct. 1, 2012)    
  • Letter to the President and Congress from more than 150 university presidents and chancellors including Vanderbilt, supporting visa reform. (Sept. 13, 2012) 
  • Letter from the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities urging policymakers to forge a balanced long-term deficit-reduction agreement that will reduce budget deficits, rein in the nation’s debt, and prevent the indiscriminate cuts of sequestration. (July 11, 2012)
  • Letter to Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., from the research community urging support for continuing funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy  in the FY 2012 budget. (April 18, 2012)     
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations  to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., outlining the university's programmatic priorities for FY13. (March 16, 2012)

2011

  • Letter from East Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Vanderbilt University to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., opposing efforts to cut funding for programs that train the next generation of physicians. (July 14, 2011) 
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations  to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., outlining the University's research priorities for FY 2012. (May 6, 2011)
  • Letter from Vanderbilt's Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and the University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., expressing appreciation for his longstanding commitment to making research and education funding a priority. (March 7, 2011)  
  • Letter from Vanderbilt's Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and the University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro to Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., urging him to make research and education funding a priority as decisions are made for FY 11. (March 7, 2011)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., opposing the deep cuts in research and student aid programs contained in H.R. 1. (Feb. 16, 2011)
  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., thanking him for his support in the final passage of the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. (Jan. 6, 2011)

2010

  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in support of the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. (Aug. 3, 2010)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations  to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., in support of the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. (May 19, 2010)
  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., in support of the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act. (April 12, 2010)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., requesting support for federal student aid programs and research programs in the fiscal year 2011 appropriations process. Similar letters were sent to Reps. Jim Cooper, Marsha Blackburn, John Tanner, Lincoln Davis, Steve Cohen, Zach Wamp, Bart Gordon, Phil Roe and Sen. Bob Corker. (Feb. 24, 2010)

2008-2009

  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., in support of the Federal Family Education Loan program. (Sept. 10, 2009)
  • Letter from the Task Force on the Future of American Innovation, more than 200 corporations, scientific and educational organizations, and universities to President Obama thanking him and his Administration for their  leadership in advancing the nation’s investment in  basic research. (April 6, 2009)
  • Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., requesting support for federal student aid programs and research programs in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations process. Similar letters were sent to  Reps. Marsha Blackburn, John Tanner, Lincoln Davis, Steve Cohen, Zach Wamp, Bart Gordon, Phil Roe and Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. (April 1, 2009)    
  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Members of the Tennessee congressional delegation urging support for increased research funding in the FY 2009 continuing resolution. (Sept. 16, 2008)      
  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Members of the Tennessee congressional delegation announcing Vanderbilt’s debt reduction initiative. (Oct. 1, 2008)     
  • Letter from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos to Members of the Tennessee congressional delegation,       congressional leadership, and leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging increased funding for federal research and student aid in the final FY 2009 appropriations bills. (Dec. 15, 2008)

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